Topic Archives: Chocolate

Posted in Don't Miss This, Highland Brewing, New Releases

Highland Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout ships this week

Highland Black Watch

Highland Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout will be the second release in the brewery’s new Warrior Series.

Highland Black Watch is a 8% alcohol by volume milk stout, brewed with cacao nibs. The recipe is designed by brewery bartender J Unger.

The name pays tribute to Scotland’s historic military regiment known as The Black Watch. With their dark tartan and mission to keep watch over the Highlands, Highland salutes these warriors with a dark mahogany colored brew that pours silky smooth. Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout combines more than 100 pounds of cacao nibs with five malts, roasted barley, and flaked oats to create a rich, high-gravity ale reminiscent of brownie batter and marshmallows with an aromatic nose and a lingering dark chocolate finish.

Highland Black Watch launches in the taproom on Friday November 27th, and shortly after, the brewery’s distribution area.

Taste: If you love milk stouts (and chocolate), this beer is for you. It’s smooth, creamy, and hard to put down. 12 ounces of dessert at a time.

The first release in this news series was Highland King Macalpin Double IPA.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cacao Nibs, Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Late November, 2015

8% ABV

Posted in Dogfish Head, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Spotlight: Dogfish Head Higher Math, celebrating 20 years

Dogfish Head Higher Math

Dogfish Head (Milton, DE) celebrates 20 years of brewing this year. They are celebrating off-centered, and accordingly. Dogfish Head Higher Math has arrived.

The base beer is a golden ale, fermented with cherries on cocoa nibs, finishing at a bold 17% alcohol by volume. (Our initial post mentioned it was going for 20%.) Still one of the strongest beer in the the brewery’s history.

Due to it’s high ABV, that eliminates a small list of states that Dogfish Head currently distributes to from getting the the anniversary offering. Good rule of thumb for figuring this out – if you don’t currently receive Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, then you won’t see Dogfish Head Higher Math on your shelves.

Tasting this bold beer, the alcohol is present, along with the sour cherry juice. It is deceptively sweet which makes it easy to down 12 ounces of 17% beer. Share it, or wear a helmet when consuming.

Dogfish Head Higher Math in on shelves now in 12 ounce bottles. Happy 20th Dogfish Head. Can’t wait for 20 more years of what you put in our glasses.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Cherries, Cocoa Nibs)
Release: October, 2015

20% ABV

Below, pics of the test batches from Summer, 2015. 

Dogfish Head Higher Math Test Batch

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout returns as yearly seasonal

Stone Xocoveza

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout started as a collaboration with AHA Homebrewer Competition Winner, Chris Banker, and Mexican craft brewery Cerveceria Insurgente. Now the instant hit from the Escondido, California based brewery’s collaboration series returns.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout is built from a milk stout recipe, brewed with chocolate (from ChocoVivo), cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee (from Mostra Coffee) and chilies.

The brewery is now bringing it back as a limited winter seasonal release, with a slightly different moniker – Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year. Officially shipping in 12 ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coffee, Chocolate, Chilies, Lactose)

Hops: English Challenger, English East Kent Golding
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; Korea; Sweden; and United Kingdom

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Return: 11/16/15

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Incorangeible, a Chocolate Orange IPA [RELEASED]

Wicked Weed Incorangeible

Wicked Weed Incorangeible, a chocolate orange IPA, is now available from the Asheville, North Carolina brewery.

Wicked Weed Incorangeible is brewed with cacao nibs and orange zest. (Plus a barrage of citrusy hops.)

Lack of reform is responsible for some of our most memorable brews. Featuring bright aromas or orange zest, round notes of chocolate, and juicy flavors or citrus hop notes, Incorangeble is a non-conformist’s IPA. Hold your ground and raise your glass to the unapologetic.

Wicked Weed Incorangeible is a 16.9 ounce bottle offering. On sale at the brewpub starting November 17th. Limited distribution soon.

Style: IPA (w/ Cacao Nibs, Orange Zest.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Release: 11/17/15

7.5% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

Creature Comforts Koko Buni Cans coming in December

Creature Comforts Koko Buni Cans

Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the first seasonal released just last year by the the Athens, Georgia brewery, is coming to 12 ounce cans in December, 2015.

Those that have been drinking in Atlanta a little while might remember this beer. Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs  Condor Chocolates and coffee from 1000 Faces (both Athens, GA). This fall seasonal was wildly popular on draft last year. We fully expect fights over the first shipments of these cans when they hit.

Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12 ounce can offering.

Style: Milk Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Lactose.)
Availability: Draft, 12oz Cans (New for 2015)
Distribution: Georgia
Release: December/January, 2015

6.8% ABV

Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.

Image via Creature Comforts 

Posted in Marin Brewing Co, New Beers
Posted in New Releases, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Choklat transitioned to 12 ounce bottles

Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier Choklat, one of the Lakewood, New York’s most highly acclaimed beers, is now available in 12 ounce bottles/4 packs.

Southern Tier Choklat is brewed with Belgian chocolate. It is one of the most rich, chocolatey beers we’ve ever had at Beer Street Journal. VP of Sales and Marketing, Brendan Smith says:

“For years, some of our most popular beers have been available only in 22oz. packages. We find that many of our fans and craft beer drinkers prefer to enjoy specialty brews in smaller packages. We’ll still offer 22oz. bomber bottles, but the addition of more accessible packages provides our market with the most flexible offerings.”

Southern Tier Choklat is literally dessert in a glass, and now available in 12 ounce bottles though the end of the year.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Release: November, 2015 (4-Packs)

10% ABV